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Robotics Workshop

This is a free add-on workshop on Tuesday afternoon that can be registered for alone or in combination with conference tickets. Register here.

NOTE: LIMITED REGISTRATION. The Future of Robot-Assisted Nursing workshop has limited seating. Please register early if you want to secure your spot for this workshop. >> SOLD OUT

Workshop 3: The Future of Robot-Assisted Nursing

  • Tuesday, October 10, 2023

  • 10:45am – 2:50pm 

  • BRC Room 280

Workshop includes lunch. Limited spots available.

The U.S. is experiencing a dire nursing shortage, which is projected to worsen in this decade. Artificial intelligence and robotic technologies are actively being developed to address the challenges arising from this shortage. Through invited talks from experts in robotics, nursing, and future of work, this workshop will discuss the current status of robot-assisted nursing as well as future opportunities and challenges. This workshop is supported by a grant from the National Science Foundation’s Future of Work at the Human-Technology Frontier program.



10:30am – 10:45am

10:45am – 11:00am

  • Vaibhav Unhelkar — Assistant Professor, Rice University

Robotics and the Impact on Nursing Care, Associated Artificial Intelligence and Multi-Robotic Applications
11:00am – 11:30am

  • Mari Tietze, Ph.D., RN — Professor, The University of Texas at Arlington 

  • Addison Clark — Ph.D. Student, The University of Texas at Arlington

  • Susan McBride, Ph.D., RN — Associate Dean of Research, The University of Texas at Tyler

Cognitive and Socially Assistive Robots for People with Mild Cognitive Impairment and Dementia
11:30am – 12:00pm

  • Laurel Riek, Ph.D — Professor, University of California San Diego

12:00pm – 12:10pm

12:10pm – 1:00pm

The Empowered Nurse: Working at the Top of Your License with Robotics & AI
1:00pm – 1:30pm

  • Victor H.S. Wang — CEO, 

ARNA: The Adaptive Robot Nursing Assistant for Hospital Walking and Sitting
1:30pm – 2:00pm

  • Dan Popa, Ph.D — Professor, University of Louisville

Using Complexity Science as a Framework to Approach Nursing Robotics
2:00pm – 2:30pm

  • Katherine Wuestney, BSN, RN — Graduate Research Assistant, Washington State University

Closing Remarks
2:30pm – 2:50pm

  • Shannan K. Hamlin, Ph.D., RN — Director, Center for Nursing Research, Education and Practice, Houston Methodist

Organized by Vaibhav Unhelkar (Rice University), Lydia Kavraki (Rice University), and Shannan K. Hamlin (Houston Methodist).

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